It was unknown if the couple planned further violence before they died outside their house in a shootout with police, Burguan says: "Clearly they were equipped and they could have continued to do another attack. We intercepted them before that happened, obviously."
On December 2 [Wednesday] heavily armed shooters targeted a Christmas party that was taking place at a social services center in San Bernardino, about an hour drive east of Los Angeles, killing 14 people and wounding 17 more.
Wednesday's shooting, which came less than a week after a gunman killed three people at a family planning center in Colorado, was certain to further stoke the bitter debate about gun control in the United States.
This year, there have already been hundreds of mass shootings in the country. According to the site Mass Shooting Tracker, the latest attack brings the number of mass shootings to 352 so far this year.
The U.S. has witnessed protests and debates surrounding race relations, law enforcement, criminal justice and gun control after racially charged attacks and shootings in the country. According to different polls, nearly half of Americans support stricter gun laws.
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